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Henry Joseph 'Harry' Reynolds

1885 - 1977

Henry Joseph Reynolds was born in Islington and started painting at the age of nine. A self-taught artist, he moved to North Essex in the 1920s after his brother bought a cottage in Wethersfield. He is best known today for his local landscapes - mainly delicately drawn and softly-toned watercolours.

Unable to make a living as an artist locally, H. J. Reynolds returned to London as a commercial artist. He exhibited at the London Salon around 1918, and exhibited a Welsh scene with the British Watercolour Society in Blackpool in 1923.

Reynolds finally settled in Halstead, where he became a well known character. Affectionately known as 'Harry', he was always busy painting or writing, and wrote several plays, and a book on painting for beginners. He could often be seen walking or sketching in the Halstead area, and with his trilby and horn-rimmed glasses, he became a familiar local figure. He used to say that he was never paid more than ten pounds for a picture.

(Sources: the artist's obituary in the Halstead Gazette, Mr. Alfred Shannon, and others).

Henry Joseph Reynolds watercolours and drawings of Essex from Totteridge Gallery

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